Danny Kendall

School Days: 1986-1989

To many people, Danny was the class weirdo. He was a loner, distant and walked out of classes which didn't interest him. But behind the apathetic facade lay a gifted artist with a complex personality. Danny showed enormous talent as a contemporary artist and knew how to take charge, often as a bossy ringleader. Though he preferred his own company he got on with classmates and was often willing to lend a hand. He showed great passion for projects which did interest him, such as Radio Grange Hill, but his short concentration span left him indifferent to anything he didn't like such as PE.

He was not afraid of authority figures; woebetide any teacher who dared pick on him and no-one knew better than the fearsome Mr Bronson. Despite this he enjoyed a good relationship with Miss Booth, who encouraged Danny to make the most of his talents. Danny was an excellent judge of character; memorably summing up Mr Robson as "soft" on his first day and confronting Julia Glover about being Mr Bronson's mole.

There lay a tragic reason for Danny's colourful behaviour. He was one of twins whose other sibling died at birth. And he suffered from an unnamed neurological disorder which required specialist treatment in Aberdeen, which ultimately caused his untimely passing in Year 11. But there was something about Danny's spirit which endeared him to his classmates and he was sorely missed.

Series 9: Danny is scared into giving up smoking by the death of Mr Webb, but fails to kick the habit. He persuades Ant Jones to apologise for flooring Bronson. Danny designs the winning entry in the magazine competition, but is not pleased to receive his prize and is even less happy when Mrs McClusky announces his design will become the new school badge.

Series 10: Classmates become concerned when Danny starts having blackouts, it emerges he's suffering from a serious brain disorder. He undergoes treatment in Aberdeen. Danny suggests Grange Hill sets up its own radio station, and leads the lock-in protest over censorship and closed profiles.

Series 11: Having been moved down a year, Danny feels more alienated than ever. He storms out of PE when Mr Robson insists he take part. Danny becomes part of hip hop act Fresh and Fly with Ronnie and Fiona.

Series 12: Mr Bronson is determined to "bring Danny into line", and the stage is set for a war between the pair. Mrs McClusky hopes a work placement at the swimming pool will improve Danny's behaviour, but Bronson sabotages it and a seething Danny confronts his tormentor. In revenge, Danny steals Bronson's car, but is later found dead in the vehicle by Gonch and co.

ASSOCIATES: Mr Bronson, Mrs McClusky, Ronnie Birtles, Fiona Wilson, Julia Glover, Miss Booth.

CURRENT WHEREABOUTS: Art Director at the Pearly Gates.

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